Murray Hill Theatre presents
Royal Tailor, Austin Adamec
932 Edgewood Ave. S.
Jacksonville, FL, 32205
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 10:30 PM)
This event is all ages
Take a generous helping of soul...splatter it with bouncing rhythms, blistering guitars, engaging vocals, stellar musicianship and catchy pop melodies that make you want to move--all textured with truth--and you have Royal Tailor.
Fusing pop, rock, R&B, hip hop and soul, Tauren, Blake, Jarrod and D.J. deliver a distinctive musical blend on Royal Tailor’s Essential records debut Black & White, in a high-energy style that makes audiences want to dance, shout and sing along, while also engaging their conscience.
"We like to get down," Tauren says with a smile. "That's how we roll. If you ever spend any time with the four of us, you will be dancing. If it's the Electric Slide, the dougie, free-styling or whatever, at some point we're going to turn up the music, and we're going to have a good time. That's just who we are."
With a sound that evokes Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, even a hint of Michael Jackson, Royal Tailor captures audiences with an infectious musicality, but this young band is about so much more than innovative music.
After meeting in college and forming the band, they spent a year working full time in Granite City, Ill., mentoring and teaching youth to sing, play and lead student movements. "We were personally working with these kids and dealing with their issues," says Blake. "Every Saturday morning at 10 o'clock we'd do a thing called 'Making the Band.' We'd split up and do music lessons and teach them how to play in a band."
Jarrod adds, "When we left to go on the road, they'd be doing a whole concert themselves. These kids would seriously blow you out of the water.”
The year Royal Tailor spent mentoring youth was a pivotal time for the band as a group and as individuals. "It grew us as a band," says Jarrod. "That year really shaped us as individuals because we were challenged. I think we learned a lot about what kids were really going through."
The band’s 5-song EP eventually found its way to Provident Label Group's Vice President of A&R Jason McArthur, who signed the band to a record deal. Soon Royal Tailor was in the studio working on its debut album with producers Aaron Lindsey, Chuck Butler and Daniel Kinner.
"Our overarching message is a call to action," says Tauren. "A lot of our songs have to do with making a positive change in the world. We want to help shape a culture where kids have hope and an optimistic vision of their future. Where they are creating the ideas. They are dreaming the dream, and then they are actually going out there and doing those things."
Royal Tailor's ongoing interaction with youth informs the music on its debut album. "We feel like there's an identity crisis in our generation," says D.J. "Everybody is searching, and we want to help them find an identity. We want to give them the truth. The songs on this record take you through a journey of faith and boldness. We encourage youth to have faith, to step out and be who they are. Sometimes you hear really cool music, but there's not a lot of meaning to the words. We feel if they are going to be listening to the music and singing along, why not be singing along with songs that build you up and give you hope."
Royal Tailor's message is not only resonating with young people, but with all ages. "It's a great feeling when you write a song and you see people write back saying, 'This really impacted my life and encouraged me,'" says D.J. "We thought we were only appealing to a younger crowd, but we've had parents come up to us almost every night and say 'Thank you! This is awesome! My kids love it, but I love it too.'"
The band's first single, "Hold Me Together," is a transparent plea for love and strength that is resonating strongly with audiences. "Gravity (Pulling Heaven Down)" offers a unique perspective on life's challenges by reminding the listener how difficult times can make us stronger. “Death of Me” carries a bold message wrapped in an infectious groove that makes it hard to listen and be still. “Make a Move” is a joyous call to action that encourages us to make a positive change in the world. “Love is Here” is a soulful, percolating anthem about embracing the power of love.
The band hopes its positive songs will shine a light in some of the darkness that pervades much of music media and culture. "This record is pressing against the flow," says Tauren, who has continued to work with youth in Houston. "We just want kids to know that there's something greater for them than what they see and hear in the media. We hope to create some awareness and awakening in our listeners."
Leading thousands of people into the presence of God is nothing out of the ordinary for Austin Adamec. This 24-year-old, natural born leader was destined for life in music. Growing up in a family of singers and musicians, his father started him off in "diaper school" teaching him to play the drums. By third grade he was playing alongside Jordan Mohilowski, drummer for the Dove Award winning Christian band, The Afters. By 13, Austin was skilled in guitar, piano, and of course singing, and became the Worship Leader of his church youth group. Just a year later, Austin's first live album was recorded with an audience of more than 2,500. In high school he became the Worship Leader for YouthQuake Live, a movement in North Florida reaching up to 5,000 teens a month.
Austin left his home in Jacksonville to pursue a degree in Marketing at the University of Florida, but God's plan for him there was bigger than any diploma. He joined Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) and quickly became the one thing God has called him to be, a worship leader. During his leadership, he saw weekly attendance grow from 300 to nearly 1,000 students! He led and co-produced CRU @ UF's first live worship album, that included some of his original songs.
It was at UF that Austin's gift to drive people into worship, and heart for unifying the body of Christ, led him to co-found UniteNOW (Night Of Worship) in 2008. Currently, UniteNOW has exploded into a semi-annual worship night where thousands of people come to praise the name of Jesus. His original song, "Release Your Glory," is still a favorite every semester. His efforts also inspired others to start similar ministries around the country
When Austin isn't on stage, he is working diligently in Nashville with some of the top, Jesus-focused professionals in the Christian music industry. His five-song EP, My Only Answer, was released in October of 2011.
With a passion to reach people for Christ through music, Austin Adamec has found God's calling on his life and is pursuing it with zeal!
What makes the band, Arbor Park, special? These guys hail from the sunny beaches of Jacksonville, Florida, and they exhibit a level of musical talent, passion, and experience that would normally come from a much older group.
Home schooling provided all of these band members the time needed to do what they love--play music!
Jake Sykes, lead singer and songwriter for the group, plays multiple instruments and writes tunes with meaningful and soulful lyrics. He’s the kind of guy who would be happy spending all day with his guitar or at the piano, creating. Keyboardist Aaron Eiginger has the ability to play complicated classical masterpieces, and his background adds another dimension to the music; in addition, the Hatch brothers, Carson on electric and
Andrew on the bass, interject perfect groove and rhythm, which further compliments the heartbeat of the music,
driven by drummer, Gill West. West’s drumming technique has been recognized as “beyond his years” and brings to mind many well-known drummers, including Keith Moon of the Who and Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band. Each musician adds his individual style and ability to the group, which produces songs with impressive technical effects and toe-tapping beats that remain in the heads of listeners.
Early participation in their church music programs such as choir, praise and worship performances, and even large church orchestra performances has given these guys lots of experience, making them comfortable on stage no matter how large the audience. Fans are treated to a show which leaves them humming the catchy tunes and tapping their toes, wanting more.
In June of 2013, the band gave its first performance at Murray Hill Theatre in Jacksonville, dedicating its time and ticket sales to the non-profit cause A Beach for EveryBODY (www.Abeachforeverybody.weebly.com), co-founded by Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Leah Sykes and her parents, Brad and Vicki Sykes. Since June, the guys have been asked to perform in multiple well-known concert venues such as Freebird Live and Jack Rabbits, for the Big Ticket Battle of the Bands.
Arbor Park has also returned to Murray Hill two times to open for national bands Royal Tailor and The Digital Age, bringing with them a growing group of fans who are openly pleased with the new songs added to the set. After playing for the homecoming ceremony of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Leah Sykes, they were invited to play for the Miss Florida Pageant in July of 2014, and they recently dedicated their time again to Tunes
for Tots, playing to raise money for children’s charities such as Make a Wish Foundation. They will finish out the
year by performing at Murray Hill’s annual Christmas Cover Show on December 20th and take a turn backing their
friend, Leah Sykes, when she sings at Jack Rabbits on Dec. 28th.
2014 starts off with the band’s first headline show on January 31, 2014 at Murray Hill, where their performances began in 2013. They are also putting together their new cd, which will include favorites such as Music, Toy to You, and What’s Music For? Currently, their songs All I Need and Getaway Car can be found online at iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. Also online is Angel, written and sung by previous band member Joseph Mendum,
now a solo artist.
Arbor Park is a group of young men who want to make a difference for others by using the gifts and the passion God gave them. That means coming together to make music that leaves others smiling and wondering what these guys are all about. Ask them!
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